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Presidential candidates yet to offer concrete program or vision to voters
CNN Indonesia – November 10, 2018
Since the presidential election campaign began two months ago, presidential hopefuls incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto have yet to offer a substantial vision or program to the public. Both camps have instead largely focused on debating sensational issues.

Despite 'proliferation' claim, anti-LGBT protesters in Bogor admit they have no data
CNN Indonesia – November 9, 2018
A protest action opposing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in Bogor has called on the municipal government to issue a by-law regulating the LGBT community. The protesters however, concede that they do not have accurate data on LGBT people in Bogor.

Islamic protesters in Bogor demand local government draft anti-LGBT by-law
Kompas.com – November 9, 2018
Protesters from a number of [Islamic] organisations held a protest action on Friday November 9 on the grounds of the Bogor City Hall in West Java demonstrating their opposition to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Setara institute says Rizieq Shihab using flag incident to bolster prestige at home
CNN Indonesia – November 9, 2018
The director of the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, Hendardi, believes that there is no basis for the claim by Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) "Great Leader" Rizieq Shihab that there was manipulation by Indonesia in the installation of an ISIS flag on his house.

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab claims ISIS flag 'rotten Indonesian intelligence operation'
Detik News – November 8, 2018
Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) "Great Leader" Habib Rizieq Shihab claims that a "rotten Indonesian intelligence operation" is the reason why he was arrested and questioned by Saudi Arabia intelligence.

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University student 'pseudo poll': LGBT behavior caused by keeping wrong company
Jakarta Post – November 13, 2018
The student body of Andalas University in Padang, West Sumatra, has released the results of a survey about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, claiming that so-called "LGBT behavior" is caused by "keeping the wrong company" and that it is "contagious" and could lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Teacher tapes principal sexually harassing her, *she* gets jailed for UU ITE violation
Coconuts Jakarta – November 13, 2018
Baiq Nuril, a teacher from Mataram on the island of Lombok, says she had been verbally sexually harassed with indecent conversation from her school's principal several times before she decided to record him doing so during a phone conversation back in 2012.

Explainer: will the 2019 elections be fair?
Indonesia at Melbourne – November 13, 2018
Indonesia is preparing to embark on the biggest, most complex one-day election in the world. The size and complexity of these elections means unfairness is an ever-present threat in all aspects of the process.

Anti-LGBT sentiment rises ahead of elections
Jakarta Post – November 12, 2018
Several regional authorities are planning to create regulations designed to further curtail the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – minority group frequently used as political fodder during election season.

Detained tourist in West Papua on allegations of 'treason' awaits trial
Asia Pacific Report – November 12, 2018
Indonesian Regional Police in West Papua have handed over the documents of the case of a Polish tourist, Jakup Fabian Skrzypski, who was arrested recently with three Papuans and accused of "treason", to the Jayawijaya District Attorney.

How to deal with Thai state crimes
Ugly Truth Thailand – November 11, 2018
Both the Commoners Party and the Future Forward Party have pledged to remove the influence of the military from Thai politics.

Identity politics looms over Indonesia's presidential election
East Asia Forum – November 10, 2018
The 2019 Indonesian presidential election will be a two-horse race between the current President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and his 2014 contender, former general Prabowo Subianto.

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Indonesia: Crackdowns on LGBTI people hit alarming level
Amnesty International News Release – November 6, 2018
LGBTI communities in Indonesia are facing increasing crackdowns both from the police and the municipal police (Satpol PP) with at least four series of arrests and public humiliations having taken place across the country in the past month, Amnesty International says.

Indonesia: Fresh wave of anti-LGBT rhetoric, arrests
Human Rights Watch News Release – October 29, 2018
Indonesian government officials made a series of anti-LGBT comments, resulting in proposals of laws which pose a serious threat to the rights and safety of LGBT Indonesians.

Correcting the record on human rights violations in West Papua and the 1969 UN resolution regarding 'Act of Free Choice'
TAPOL/East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Joint Statement – October 3, 2018
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network condemn yet another wave of mass arrests [1] during the opening week of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

West Papua betrayed 56 years ago
Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – September 21, 2018
On the 21st September in 1962 the UNGA debated the New York Agreement and voted to pass a Dutch-Indonesia resolution on it by 89 votes to none. There were 14 abstentions.

West Papuans in more danger from security forces ahead of UN General Assembly
United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) – September 21, 2018
Ahead of next week's 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Indonesian security forces have been executing a violent campaign to crackdown on freedom of expression in West Papua.

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Indonesia: Trade unions' initiative to create alternative political force in Indonesia
ISEAS Perspectives – August 10, 2018
Five trade union confederations organised a conference in April 2018 that brought together like-minded progressive trade unions, non-government organisations, student activists and political groups, to push for an alternative political force which would be independent of the two major power blocs led by President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia: How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
Mongabay – June 7, 2018
In June this year, elections will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia. On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their everyday lives.

Indonesia: Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
The Foreign Service Journal – May 1, 2018
With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st century.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The Star Online – April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia at Melbourne – March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech. Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.

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Papua rebels killed in ambush
Asean Economist – November 9, 2018
Two independence insurgents and a civilian have reportedly been killed during a week of fighting in the impoverished Indonesian region of Papua.

Santa Cruz Massacre: Timor-Leste's democratic transition 27 years later
Democracy Speaks – November 8, 2018
On November 12, 1991, the Indonesian military shot and killed over 250 Timorese citizens in the Santa Cruz Cemetery in Dili, Timor-Leste's capital. The event is known as the Santa Cruz massacre.

Secret Witness K brief to be debated in closed court, magistrate rules
The Guardian – November 9, 2018
Bernard Collaery and Witness K have suffered a setback in their bid to have an open court hearing on protected information in the Timor-Leste spying case.

Fears for civilians as West Papuan conflict rages
Radio New Zealand International – November 9, 2018
Humanitarian concerns are growing for West Papuans caught in the middle of conflict between Indonesia's military forces and pro-independence fighters in Papua province.

'She will be a resident of heaven': Saudi Ambassador says migrant worker's sins absolved after execution
Coconuts Jakarta – November 9, 2018
The Oct. 29 execution of Indonesian migrant worker Tuty Tursilawati by Saudi Arabian authorities, which was carried out without any prior notice to the Indonesian government and her family, added another red mark to the Middle Eastern kingdom's long list of human rights violations.

Antisexual assault movement '#kitaAGNI' gains traction
Jakarta Post – November 9, 2018
Thursday when hundreds of people, including students and lecturers of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), rallied in a show of support for Agni, the pseudonym of a female student of the Yogyakarta university who was allegedly sexually assaulted by another student over a year ago.

Munir's photograph displayed at world human rights event in Paris
Tempo – November 9, 2018
The human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Paris, France, to hold 2018 The Human Rights Defenders World Summit, on October 29-31.

BIN denies being behind Rizieq's 'extremist flag' questioning in Mecca
Jakarta Post – November 9, 2018
The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) is dismissing suggestions that it was responsible for getting firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab investigated by Saudi authorities over the alleged installation of an extremist Islamist flag at his house in Mecca.

Indonesian police harass transgender women
Human Rights Watch Dispatches – November 8, 2018
Police in Indonesia's Lampung province were caught on video arresting and humiliating three transgender women, known as waria, the latest incident of rising state-sanctioned violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia.

Islamic 'vaccine fatwa' triggers plunging vaccination rates in Indonesia
Breitbart – November 8, 2018
Millions of children in Indonesia are missing out on crucial vaccines because of a "vaccine fatwa" imposed by powerful Islamic clerics, Science Magazine reported on Thursday.

For banks funding palm oil giants, it pays to stop destructive practices
Asian Correspondent – November 8, 2018
On Sept 19, Indonesian President Joko Widodo slapped a three-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for oil palm plantations.

Rights groups call for end to police crackdown on Indonesian LGBT group
Asian Correspondent – November 7, 2018
Rights groups in Indonesia are alarmed by the recent spate of arrests involving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transvestite (LGBT) community in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation.

'Victim blaming' in latest UGM sex abuse case angers thousands
Jakarta Post – November 7, 2018
Gadjah Mada University's (UGM) initial response to a recent sexual assault case allegedly involving two of its students has angered thousands of people, who have signed a petition demanding that the Yogyakarta university punish the student perpetrator and the campus officials that had penalized the student victim.

Saudi authorities question Rizieq over 'extremist' flag at his house in Mecca
Jakarta Post – November 7, 2018
Saudi Arabian security authorities have questioned Rizieq Shihab, a firebrand cleric who has been on the run in the country, over reports of the installation of an Islamist flag at his house in Mecca, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Prabowo apologizes for controversial 'Boyolali faces' remarks
Jakarta Post – November 7, 2018
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has apologized for his remarks on "Boyolali faces" that has sparked people's outrage, especially in the Central Java regency of Boyolali.

Indonesian comics tread fine line between humor, blasphemy
Jakarta Post – November 7, 2018
On Oct. 20, up-and-coming comedian Tretan Muslim uploaded the latest episode of his comedic cooking series "Last Hope Kitchen" onto YouTube.

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